Surf’s Up! at Muttonbird

Surf’s Up! at Muttonbird

I’m back from awesome Albany covering the fifth and final Navy Series surf rowing competition at Muttonbird Beach. I’d joined a band of merry boaties from Secret Harbour on this trek to WA’s deep, deep south, all the way to the magnificent surroundings of Muttonbird, an open beach hemmed by headlands to the east and west.

Shooting surf rowing events gets me thinking on my feet; everything comes down to split second timing and Saturday’s carnival did not disappoint. While the swell was just a little more placid than expected, there were still fantastic moments of boats breaking through walls of water, spills and collisions. There were also plenty of opportunity to shoot candid moments at the beach – of boaties just hanging out, warming up, cooling down…

Best of all, the after party kicked @rse big time. Easily the most fun this photographer has had in years — with photos to prove it (they may not be safe for public consumption though).

Check out this small selection of photos from the Muttonbird weekend. A couple of the shots even made it into the Albany Advertiser! There’ll be a gallery of more than 900 photographs once I’ve sorted out more storage space on my hosting server. Stay tuned!

And finally, thanks to Dave Mitton and the rowers from Secret Harbour, with whom I hung out on the weekend. And to Stu and Lynne Baron, for being amazingly generous hosts in Albany!

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